Is DIY Asbestos Removal in Massachusetts Safe?

Given that so many individuals are home more than ever before, the honey-do lists are finally getting some attention. On many of those lists are home renovation or improvement projects. Although most of these projects are safe DIY tasks, there is always the chance of the unexpected. From wires to lead paint, these unexpected surprises can pose harm to you and your family’s health if not handled correctly. Asbestos removal in Massachusetts is one of those surprises that should never be attempted on your own. Here’s why.

 

A brief look at asbestos

Chances are, you’ve at least heard of asbestos. Often linked with lead paint, asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was commonly used in a variety of building materials. Because of its natural corrosion and fire resistance, asbestos was heavily leaned upon up until 1977. After 1977, the material was banned in the United States.

However, some builders continued to use this material until their inventory was depleted to avoid the loss. Because of this, it’s not safe to assume that your home or office building is asbestos-free because it was built after the ban took place.

 

The potential dangers of exposure

Among several scary factors, asbestos remains hidden until it is disturbed. Once disturbed, there’s no going back as fibers are released into the air. Common areas within the home that are known to harbor asbestos include popcorn ceilings, antique decorative ceilings, insulation, roofs, exterior siding, and of course, lead paint.

Health concerns such as mesothelioma and asbestosis are among the few symptoms of long term exposure to untreated asbestos. While symptoms may not surface for decades, it is imperative to contact a professional asbestos removal company at the first inclination that there may be asbestos in your home.

 

State regulations for Massachusetts asbestos removal

Although most people contact a professional abatement company, there are several who believe they can tackle the job on their own. However, saving a few dollars in an attempt to remove asbestos on your own is not only extremely dangerous; it may be against the law.

The state of Massachusetts has in place strict guidelines that must be followed to “protect the health and safety of the general public and persons engaged in, or associated with, the removal, enclosure, encapsulation or disturbance of asbestos or asbestos-containing material and to prevent occupational diseases.”

 

It’s there, now what?

As Murphy’s Law states, you’ve finally gotten around to the honey-do list, and asbestos happens.

However, our team at Atlantic Bay Contracting is here to help. At the first signs of asbestos, contact our team to inquire about how we can quickly and efficiently conduct asbestos removal in your Massachusetts home with minimal interruption to your progress!

Contact us today at (617) 782-4986.